Posted: Thursday, May 17th 2012 at 1:44pm
CCA fires back at ACLU over prisons report
By B.J. Williams Administrator
Gainesville - Officials with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) have responded to claims in an ACLU report that illegal immigrant inmates are mistreated at two of their Georgia facilities, including the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville.
Senior Public Affairs Director Steve Owen issued a statement from the CCA office in Nashville, TN.
"This document is yet another unfortunate example of the lack of seriousness with which ACLU lawyers approach the very real and practical challenges our nation faces in safely, humanely and cost effectively housing our immigrant detainee population.
"Prior to publishing this document, the organization provided CCA with a number of questions and allegations. In a quick turnaround, our staff worked very hard in good faith to provide factual and detailed information. Much of that information was either excluded from the final document or relegated to the end notes. This reinforces our experience that the ACLU lawyers are only interested in sharing information that supports their preconceived biases and reinforces their own personal points of view, even when presented evidence to the contrary.
"While they continue to play the role of professional critics, the dedicated professionals at CCA – chaplains, nurses, teachers, corrections and detention officers and so many others – will continue to provide safe, affordable and dependable solutions to government partners and taxpayers. We take very seriously the responsibility we have to ensure the safety, health and well-being of those entrusted to our care, and we understand and appreciate that our services are one of a number of solutions being considered and implemented by governments across the country."
While the ACLU called for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop housing illegal immigrant inmates at CCA's Stewart facility, it did not make the same demands for the North Georgia Detention Center. The ACLU toured four Georgia facilities that house illegal immigrant inmates. CCA does not own the Irwin County or Atlanta facilities.
Of the 182 pages included in the report, 10 pages outlined complaints against the Gainesville facility.
Among the issues was a complaint about adequate food amounts for the inmates. CCA officials responded that detainees are never limited to a set time frame to complete meals, although the ACLU report cited an inmate who complained he was forced to finish his food in 5-10 minutes. The CCA response further stated that all inmates are provided with adequate portions of food.
In some instances where allegations involved specific medical complaints, CCA was unable to give detailed information because of HIPPA regulations.
Detailed responses are included in the link below:
Link: CCA Response to ACLU report
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